sweet tooth


noun

a liking or craving for candy and other sweets.

Nearby words

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  2. sweet sorghum,
  3. sweet spirit of nitre,
  4. sweet spot,
  5. sweet talk,
  6. sweet vernal grass,
  7. sweet viburnum,
  8. sweet violet,
  9. sweet william,
  10. sweet william catchfly

Origin of sweet tooth

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

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British Dictionary definitions for sweet tooth

sweet tooth

noun

a strong liking for sweet foods
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Word Origin and History for sweet tooth

sweet tooth

n.

"fondness for sugary stuff," late 14c., from sweet (adj.) + tooth in the sense of "taste, liking" (see toothsome).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with sweet tooth

sweet tooth

A love for sugary foods, as in You can always please Nell with cake or ice cream; she has a big sweet tooth. This expression dates from the late 1300s, although it then referred not only to sweets but other delicacies as well.

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